Introduction / History
The Bum People live in the mountains in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. The Bum trace their history back to the Tikar people. They consistently describe themselves as a people who live in peace, are hardworking, loving of themselves and strangers, and a people without hunger. The Bum people are unified and have no history of tribal or inter-tribal wars or conflicts. They are proud to be Bum and proud of their language. Clans are governed by "Fons" (Chiefs) under a Fon of all Bum. A major natural disaster struck the Bum people in August 1986 when an explosion of natural gas from a lake located in the mountains killed many people and livestock.
The Bum homeland is said to be the first place among the Grassfields Region where a man called Mamadou planted an evangelical church in 1880. Despite this long history of Christian Witness, the Bible has never been translated into the Bum language.
Bum Proverb: Only an orphan understands the trouble of an orphan. The proverb means that if one person has experienced a particular difficulty, then he can understand the person who is currently experiencing that same kind of difficulty.
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